>> At least eight people are dead and thousands displaced in Santa Barbara, California, Tuesday after a powerful rainstorm triggered flash floods and mudslides. Emergency workers using search dogs and helicopters have rescued dozens of people stranded in rubble. At least 25 people were injured. The mudslides come just weeks after devastating wildfires that destroyed homes and properties and burned off protective vegetation.
A fire department spokeswoman said that with a number of people still unaccounted for, the death toll could increase. Thousands have been evacuated from their homes with forecasters warning of more rain to come.